For the diagnosis of bacterial disease, it is important that samples reach the Bacteriology Laboratory as soon as possible after collection.
To prevent bacterial multiplication, it is recommended to maintain the sample at refrigerator temperature until samples reach the lab. However, if anaerobes are suspected, samples should be maintained at room temperature.
Procedures for processing clinical samples for bacteriology analyses depend widely upon the disease or microorganisms suspected to induce clinical signs of disease. Therefore, an adequate clinical history with suggestions by the attending veterinarian as to the disease or diseases suspected is extremely important for the clinical Bacteriology, Mycology, and Parasitology Laboratory.
Samples should be taken from living or recently dead animals, from the affected site(s) as early as possible following the onset of clinical signs. In some cases, it is necessary to collect these samples from the edge of the lesions and include some macroscopically normal tissue.
When requesting a fecal culture and parasitology, please submit approximately 10 g of feces.
The differences between a Routine Flotation and a Modified Wisconsin are as follows:
Sample collection / shipping.